Business Analyst Vs System Analyst

Many people are under the impression that a business analyst’s only role is to be a liaison or bridge between the business and the development teams. That statement is true only to some extent: Business analysts are not a bridge, they build a bridge. However, their role changes from project to project.

Moreover, the business analyst is responsible for helping the business team and constructing the bridge between the business and the tech team.

A business analyst plays several roles other than connecting the business and its development teams. Their interaction with the business team goes much deeper than you may expect:

  1. First, as a business analyst, your major responsibility is to research all the information and analyze your findings. This will help you to define Business Requirements.
  2. These requirements will become a bridge between the business and the development team.

When you have defined the final requirements, you have to keep changing your role.

  1. When you are with the business team, you need to be the perfect business analyst.
  2. When you are with the development team, you need to act as a SME (Subject Matter Expert)
  3. When you are with the testing team, you may need to act as a member of the business team.
  4. When you are facilitating meetings with any of these teams, you may need to act as project manager or scrum master.

Either way, you have to keep changing your role.

Now, let’s talk about the system analyst.

The system analyst plays a very similar role to the business analyst:

  1. Most of the system analyst’s projects start because there is a gap or problem between the users and the software applications. The system analyst is responsible for analyzing the gap technically and designing the requirements to fill that gap.
  2. One of his or her major responsibilities is to research the problem, plan a solution, recommend software and systems that operate at least at the functional level, and coordinate the development to meet business requirements.
  3. As we discussed, the business analyst is responsible for defining the business requirements. These requirements will help the system analysts to understand the business problems or business goals.
  4. The system analyst goes deeper into the design of the requirements from the system prospective. For example, system analysts may come up with flow diagrams or technical specifications. They gather information about the existing system in order to determine the requirements for an enhanced or a new system, which will help the development team understand the requirements in the form of solutions.

I hope that now you have a better understanding of the differences between Business Analysis and System Analysis.

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Last modified on Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:54
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